Recently, I stumbled upon the ID of Bijal Talekar in my Facebook news-feed. Instantly, I was intrigued by her profile and I saw that she is an author & have written two books so far. The girl inspired me like anything & I approached her for a quick interview session. Here is the excerpt from the conversation:
Q. I would like you to share something about yourself with our readers.
Hello Friends, my full name is Bijal D. Talekar but I love to introduce myself by B. Talekar which is my Pen name.
First of all, I want to thank all my readers & Friends for their selfless love and Support.
Actually, Due to my illness I started writing my thoughts 5 or 6 years ago. That time I did not know that I’ll get support of so many warmhearted people.
But, just because of you all, in the year 2016 my novel, Alamana won the YourStoryIndia competition. And in 2018 my first novel, TheDarkDekken got the debut Award of Literary Oscar. And I’m really thankful to you all for encouraging me.
Q. What made you think you could be a writer?
As I said I started my writing due to my hard time. But that does not mean that I was compelled to do it. But, during that time, I started to observe such things around me and then I realized that just like foreigners, we Indians also have so many chronicle tales to write. And then, from that moment, my journey had started.
Q. How was your journey as a writer?
As an Author I didn’t face such kind of albatross in my journey. But indeed yes It took much time to get my novels published. But I’m really glad to those people who guided me in the way I’m.
Rafik Sheikh the Reporter in Divyabhaskar, Dr. Bheravi K. Joshi who is great author herself & of course my teacher Mrs. Rekha Chonkar.
Q. How did your family members react to you being a writer?
They were really surprised when I told them that I’m writing a novel. But my younger sisters & cousins became so excited about it, Specially Kajal, Payal, Saloni, Mansi & Aditi. They are really Awesome sisters and very supportive to me.
Q. Were you supported throughout?
In my journey my mom and my sisters always motivated me to write my stories. Whenever I thought about my new concept I discuss it with them and after hearing it they share their own opinions which always motivate me.
Q. How did you come up with the idea of writing this genre?
I have written two novels till now. And they both belong to fiction or mythological fiction genres. By watching different kinds of Tv shows and reading books, articles etc I came to the conclusion that I should also write this kind of stories which belong to our Indian mythology, youth and culture.
I tried to describe two kind of worlds in my novels. Both books are part of two different series. The Dark Dekken will take you to the dark side of Indian mythology and Alamana will show you the divine side of Indian mythology.
Q. Where did you find the inspiration to write this book?
I never have to find any special inspiration for writing. Writing is my inspiration in its own. But during that time, people around me inspired me to write different kind of phases and portray the characters.
Q. What exactly does your books convey?
As I said Dekken & Alamana were written to convey below 2 different criteria.
#TheDarkDekken convey ‘Spreading brightness by living in dark’ & on the other hand,
#Alamana-secret-of-Indian-ocean convey, ‘Get away dark side which is hidden in light, Which you will feel while reading the books..
Q. What all was going in your head while penning down these books?
When I started to write my first novel, I was really confused about how I will portrait and describe the story step by step. But as I started writing the story slowly all things became clear to me. And finally I completed Dekken in around a year.
And along with this I found out about a wattpad competition; #yourstoryindia which was really life changing for me. I wanted to write new story specially for this competition. I thought that we all have watched & heard about fairy tales which belong to foreign culture. But we Indians also have great kind of stories, kathas, mahakavyas & more which are really marvellous. And eventually Alamana got shaped from all these.
Q. How much time you used to commit to these books ?
For my first novel, It took more than a year to write The dark Dekken. But by the time I learned so many things about writing. I was improved and I wrote Alamana in approximately 3-4 months, which was even surprising for me.
Q. Was there any moment you backed off from the idea of writing a book?
I don’t think so, there was any moment like this. Because writing is like living life for me. And I don’t think that anyone can leave their life.
Q. How and from where did you get the inspiration to move on?
For keep me moving on.. I thought there is biggest contribution of my family, specially My Mom; Anita Talekar.
Q. How do you handle the criticism that comes towards your way?
Gladly, I never met the people who criticized my work. Everyone who came in my contact they all were really helpful & warmhearted. Instead of critics, I learned so many good things from them.
Q. If not an author, what else you would like to be?
I haven’t thought about it before. But I think if not an author, then I would have been a politician.
Q. How would you like to advice budding authors?
I’m not a great author indeed. But I can just say that if you like to do something then you should take a step to fulfill your dream. And if you want to be an author then you should learn to portray your thoughts, feelings and your recognition in certain way. After all, every Author & Writer has their own special touch in writing. And I believe it.